#MoveTheDate
Live Stream

Watch our two Earth Overshoot Day live streams below!

Europe and Asia

North and South America

Look up if you’re in Times Square sometime before August 3, 2018! You may catch the wonderful sight of this giant hummingbird and gorgeous hibiscus flower reminding the world that Earth Overshoot Day 2018 is August 1. We owe these images to our amazing partner Louie Schwartzberg and his team (MovingArt.com).

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. In 2018, it fell on August 1.

 

We are using 1.7 Earths.
We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb.

Explore Solutions

Thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach. Plenty of solutions exist in four major areas for improving sustainability: food, cities, population, and energy to #MoveTheDate.

Cities

city block

Eighty percent of the world population is expected to live in cities by 2050. Consequently, city planning and urban development strategies are instrumental to balancing the supply of natural capital and population’s demand. Learn More

Energy

energy

Decarbonizing the economy is our best possible chance to address climate change, and would improve the balance between our Ecological Footprint and the planet’s renewable natural resources. Learn More

Food

food

How we meet one of our most basic needs–food–is a powerful way to influence sustainability. Sourcing food locally and avoiding highly processed foods can lower the Ecological Footprint. Learn More

Population

people

Being committed to everyone living secure lives in a world of finite resources requires addressing population growth. Empowering women is essential for global sustainability. Learn More

How will you #MoveTheDate?

Take your first step today!

I travel with an eco-sensibility

I travel with an eco-sensibility

June 29, 2018

I start a population conversation

I start a population conversation

June 28, 2018

I streamline my wardrobe

I streamline my wardrobe

June 11, 2018

I dive into data

I dive into data

June 3, 2018

I beef up my plant-based diet

I beef up my plant-based diet

June 3, 2018

I commute social

I commute social

June 3, 2018

I challenge my city leaders to #MoveTheDate

I challenge my city leaders to #MoveTheDate

June 1, 2018

I’ll be a garbage collector for a day

I’ll be a garbage collector for a day

June 1, 2018

I start a Footprint conversation

I start a Footprint conversation

June 1, 2018

I design my own step to #movethedate

I design my own step to #movethedate

May 30, 2018

Past Earth Overshoot Days

Country Overshoot Days

Calculate your personal Earth Overshoot Day

Support Earth Overshoot Day

We know it can be overwhelming to think about how your personal Footprint contributes to global overshoot. The truth is, you can take steps to chip away at your impact on the planet. If everyone committed to #MoveTheDate 5 days each year, we could get out of global overshoot by 2050.

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By the Numbers

3800
million years ago life first evident on Earth
104
increase in world population since 1970
-58
decline in average population size of vertebrate species since 1970
60
of humanity’s Ecological Footprint is carbon

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Earth Overshoot Day is an initiative of Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that is changing the way the world measures and manages its natural resources. The date of Earth Overshoot Day is calculated with data from Global Footprint Network’s National Footprint Accounts, which are now available for free on our Ecological Footprint Explorer Open Data Platform at data.footprintnetwork.org.